Details, details

Nov 21, 2009 +

While HandyMan and I agree most of the time and share the same tastes, we differ quite a bit in how we approach a project or a space. I'm a big picture kind of gal - I can envision a space, see how a layout works, have an idea of how furnishings and materials work together - before there is anything in a room. HandyMan's forte is in the details, figuring out what step goes first, how things are made. He worries about measurements and fittings and pieces and sequences... and well, sometimes, I could care less. It works for us though because I can envision the plan and HandyMan figures out how to make it happen.



Take this rad box. Looks simple enough right? I gave HandyMan a few parameters to work with - same shaker profile as the wainscotting, routered top to mimic the routered chair rail, same perforated panelling as the other rad boxes in the house, and it had to have open 'feet' so that it wouldn't look too heavy. HandyMan took care of the rest. Like figuring out how tall to make the box so that the top strip lined up perfectly with the wall panel, but leaving enough room for the box top to be easily removed. And working out the measurements on the front perforated panel so we wouldn't have any partially covered holes. And determining how to build a box with only two sides and a top (since the side nearest the curtain needed to remain open so we could access the valve).

I on the other hand wouldn't even think of these things... and even I did think of them, my brain would explode after a while because I hate thinking about finicky (but I know, necessary) details like that. Good thing HandyMan is the one doing the building though because we end up with quality detailed work like this. It matches the rad cover in Chloe's room nicely, don't you think? I wouldn't have thought of that ;)



And for those keeping score:
Time it would have taken us pre-baby to make this rad box - 1 weekend
Time it has taken us post-baby to make this rad box - 9 months!

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect combination. Neither my other-half nor I are very good with the finicky but important details which means a lot of guessing goes on in our house. The rad cover looks great !

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  2. Oh, too true! I didn't do any home improvement work when my kids were babies! It looks great! Janell

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  3. Great combo ... you need an ideas person and one to make that idea work.

    Rad cover looks great.

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  4. It looks great. I especially love the timeline for doing the work post-baby. ;-)

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  5. Anonymous1:32 PM

    You make an exellent team. And it looks wonderful. Your white accessories are very Young House Love-y. So pretty!

    jbhat

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  6. Aren't we lucky to have such good husbands? Although mine can't saw to save his life- your hubby should give my hubbby lessons.

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